July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month.
Juvenile arthritis (JA) refers to any form of arthritis or arthritis-related
condition that develops in children or teenagers who are less than 18 years of age.
Nearly 300,000 children in America have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and
are affected by pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions.
The Arthritis National Research Foundation funds arthritis research to find a
cure for arthritis, but it is also a children’s charity. By supporting arthritis research
specific to juvenile arthritis every year, they hope to make a difference in the lives of the
thousands of kids dealing with arthritis.
LifeScience Moment: Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace announce co-discovery to Linnean Society.
On July 1, 1858, British naturalists Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace planned to jointly present at the Linnean Society in London, but Darwin's
baby son had died of the scarlet fever and he did not attend the presentation. Wallace did attend and presented on the "Tendency of Species to form Varieties;
and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection."
The reaction to the presentation was limited, and the president of the Linnean remarked in May 1859 that the year had not been marked by any striking
discoveries. However, the publishing of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" on November 24, 1859 proved very popular. Today, Darwin and Wallace's
theory of evolution remains the foundation of modern biology.
Life Science Evolution...
It's a Small World
"The First Clarke Law states, 'If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong."
Arthur C. Clarke, Writer,